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September 21, 2021

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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

Other News

A letter to my vaccine-hesitant friends

Brought to you by The Echo and Cosmos Magazine Addressing your concerns… A few weeks ago, I discovered that some of my friends –...

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

COVID-19 updated venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah, associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region.

COVID-19 updated venue of concern excludes Lismore’s Workers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) have updated their list of venues of concern for the Lismore LGA.

Lismore’s plateau Lizard will sleep no more

The last time the Lismore Mayor and Councillor met in the Goonellabah chambers, there was a historic decision to hand back culturally sensitive land to the local Indigenous people. In a sequel to the fate of the Lismore plateau, traditionally known as the Sleeping Lizard, the outcome was a little differen


Arts in focus: Cloud Forest

With just four weeks to go until the opening night of Shearwater’s 2016 Wearable Arts Performance Event, ‘Cloud Forest’, the Mullumbimby Steiner school is buzzing like a jacaranda full of bees.

Wearable Arts is a major event in the high school’s performing arts calendar, showcasing costumes created by Shearwater students, staff and the wider community.

According to head of school Greg Parkes, the learning program throughout the secondary years allows students to acquire the multiple skills necessary to produce the show. 'Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, resilience, ingenuity… all these are evident as students from Years 7 to 11 choreograph the sections, construct sets, props and costumes, evolve and refine their designs and arrive at sophisticated solutions to some very tricky technical problems.'

According to Wearable Arts coordinator Josh Rushton, 'the show is deeply enmeshed in the whole substance of what we do here at Shearwater'.

'The story is drawn from the life of teaching and learning and is deeply concerned with the passage of students from adolescence to adulthood. The students’ engagement in the experience teaches them logic, consequences and cause and effect; encourages and fosters heartfelt idealism, and cultivates will, so they can go into the world as responsible, confident and
capable adults.'

‘Cloud Forest’ runs from Wednesday November 2 till Saturday November 5. Tickets on sale now  shearwaterperformingarts.com. Enquiries 6684 3223.

Photos: Cloud9 ImageArt

Byron School of Art

There are plenty of workshops and short courses on offer at Byron School of Art over the next coming months with Kellie O’Dempsey’s Expanded Drawing proving to be a popular addition to the Weekend Workshop program.

BSA has two silkscreens to give away to the first two people who sign up to Anne Leon’s Screenprinting Workshop! A great opportunity to set yourself up for working at home. You have until 21 October to apply for our 2017 year-long courses.

Don’t forget to drop into the BSA Project Space, with solo and group shows opening on most Friday nights until the end of the year. It’s a great way to see the diverse work of local artists including our current long-course students.


Tweed Regional Gallery and MOAC

Resolution: contemporary Indigenous photomedia

A National Gallery of Australia exhibition.

Until Sunday 4 December 2016

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) exhibition Resolution: New Indigenous Photomedia showcases work produced by contemporary Indigenous artists working with photography and new media. Drawing on works from the NGA collection, this exhibition features new work by leading and emerging Indigenous makers: Michael Aird, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Ali G Baker, Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Brenda L Croft, Nici Cumpston, Robert Fielding, Nicole Foreshew, Ricky Maynard, Danie Mellor, Steaphan Paton, Damien Shen, Darren Siwes, Christian Thompson, Warwick Thornton, James Tylor and Jason Wing.

Opening Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 10am–5pm
Free admission

2 Mistral Road (Cnr Tweed Valley Way),
Murwillumbah South, NSW

Lismore Regional Gallery

Extraordinary images by one of Europe’s best architectural photographers, Lucien Hervé: When do we cast off for happiness? showing at Lismore Regional Gallery. Hervé combines an architect’s eye with uncluttered abstracted compositions.

From the collection of local curator Pierre Chevalier, the exhibition features Hervé’s photos of three major creatives of the 20th century: Le Corbusier, father of modern architecture; Niemeyer, sculptor of monuments; and Matisse working on his masterpiece, the Chapelle de Vence.

Wanting more? A documentary on Hervé screens daily, and the curator’s talk is 11am Thursday 20 October.


Heath Franco, HOME TOWN Sunrise, 2016, digital image, inkjet print on cotton rag, 27 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pompom, Sydney
Heath Franco, HOME TOWN Sunrise, 2016, digital image, inkjet print on cotton rag, 27 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pompom, Sydney
Left: Kathryn Dolby, Two, Acrylic on board, 2016
Left: Kathryn Dolby, Two, Acrylic on board, 2016

NRCG  Exhibition All New Home

Guest curators Sharne Wolff and Jane Denison take over Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) this October to present All New Home – an exhibition exploring the idea of ‘home’ through the eyes of four artists working across different media.

Award-winning video and performance artist Heath Franco joins local emerging artists Kathryn Dolby (painting), Gregory Furney (ceramics) and Natalie Grono (photography).

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.